Theater: True West By Sam Shepard

By Sam Shepard

Austin (John C. Reilly) is a pulled-together Hollywood screenwriter; his brother Lee (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a slobbish small-time burglar. If you think you know these guys, think again. By play's end, Shepard has wreaked havoc with stereotypes and with plenty more. In this smashing Broadway revival, his 20-year-old drama proves timeless--a fierce, funny and frightening take on sibling rivalry. Or is it about two sides of the same person? Even the casting (ideal, as seen) begs the question: the two actors--both familiar from the films Boogie Nights and Magnolia--will rotate in the roles.

--By William Tynan


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